Bavent House, Suffolk

Exposed to the full blast of North Sea Winds, this award-winning house turns an awkwardly oriented site into an opportunity. The spatial orientation provides havens to take shelter from the elements depending on wind, time of day or season, and makes the most of magnificent views across the reed marshes with carefully placed picture windows that catch sometimes catch a glimpse of the sea.

Black zinc cladding makes a striking silhouette against coastal skies, and references the vernacular traditions of black tar-clad beach huts. In places the zinc gives way to a weathered Iroko timber which mimics the colour of the surrounding reed beds and creates the sense of interior.

This family home which frequently plays host to guests and extended family is based on a U-Shaped plan around a south facing courtyard. At its heart, a dramatic double height dining area with foot bridge provides a space befitting for entertaining and broadly separates the house between the living and utility spaces.  This compact arrangement allows the family to remain in touch with each other as they go about their daily lives, whilst at the same time creating places for privacy. The primary heating for the house is a ground source heat pump and recycled newspaper is used within the walls as insulation.

Photography James Brittain

Awards

2011 RIBA East Spirit Of Ingenuity Residential Design Award
2011 RIBA Awards. Winner
2011 Grand Designs Home of the Year. Highly Commended

Press Articles

Similar Projects

Cringleford Hall, Norfolk
Cringleford Hall is a Grade II listed Norfolk home, built predominantly in the 17th century. Our 21st century addition is a garden pavilion, replacing an unattractive modern conservatory and offering a more sensitive and contemporary presence.
Continue Reading
Oak Farm House, Norfolk
Oak Farm is a Grade II brick and flint dwelling in North Norfolk, situated in the Bale Conservation Area.
Continue Reading
Drop House, Hertfordshire
The Drop House's singular appearance is formed by a number of elements, including an inclined stair wall which provides the focal point of the house, and the suspended 'water drop' which bestows its name
Continue Reading
1 2 3 9

Contact us today to discuss your project

Get in touch
We produce beautiful buildings, ensure quality construction and explore innovative design whilst preserving a strong sense of space.
01603 766 220
info@hudsonarchitects.co.uk
Norwich Office
Hudson Architects
37 St Andrews Street, Norwich, NR2 4TP.

Social Media
© HUDSONArchitects 2021
Design by dash
crossmenuchevron-down linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram